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Keeping faith simple
Welcome to a new year. New hopes, a new out- look, earnest prayers that the many unprecedent- ed hardships that we witnessed over the past 18 months are behind us. But questions keep com- ing up: How does one keep their faith when faced with life’s difficult challenges? How does one muster the strength to keep going when faced with some of highest mountains to climb?
I don’t think there is an easy answer. But I recently attended a seminar on faith that really put things in perspective. The message was, “When it comes to faith, especially during diffi-
cult times, keep it simple, don’t overthink it.” Then we were given a handout with the following parable that puts it all in the proper perspective: “The Phenomenal Power of the Human Mind.”
“Accroidng to reasacrh taht was crraeid out by Cmabrigde Uinrevtisy, it deosn’t mttaer waht odrer the ltteres of wrods are in as lnog as the frist and lsat leettr of ecah wrod is in the rghit palce. The rset of the ltteers can be in any oderr and sitll be raed and intreprteed corrcelty by msot popele wtih a su- ripsirngly hgih lveel of accruacy.
The hmuan mnid deosn’t raed ecah leettr of a wrod, but iestnad sikms oevr tehm and raeds the wrod as a wlohe, as if it were a shpae or pttaern. The psoitoin of the frist and lsat lt-
teer are vatil in mikang a frmaewrok for the wrod’s shape, but bteween tehm can be a cmeplote mses wothiut a lrage impcat on cemprehonsion.
And wlihe taht may suond cmoptelely amzanig, if you urdenstood all tihs tehn you hvae jsut jioned in privong the phemonanel pewor of the hmuan mnid.”
Isn’t it interesting that as you begin to read the above paragraph, after the first sentence, it all kicks in and
you can finish reading the story?
Now try reading it really slowly, each word one at a time. All of a sudden, our brain goes into a fog. My
dear flock, it is the same with faith.
Sometimes you just have to have simple faith and trust in the Lord that all will work out, and it usual- ly works out just fine. But if you try to decipher every step and try to figure the exact ways of the Lord, your brain will go fuzzy, as in the above paragraph. Because when it comes to faith, some thing are beyond our comprehension. You just
have to trust in the Lord as He leads you by the hand.
Some important points to remember about life:
• Just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t ar- gue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.
• We don’t have to change friends if we understand that
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